Electric Mirror’s Keen Technology is an Ideal fit for California’s Adaptive Lighting Energy Standards
By Sally Gillie
The energy-savings from adaptive lighting are so significant that the state of California is now requiring builders to use it in new commercial construction.
Electric Mirror’s new Keen™ product, “Energy savings with a touch,” is lighting that automatically dims when it’s not needed. The combination of Keen™ automated dimming and guest controlled dimming and Night Light functions, will more than meet California’s new standards.
Electric Mirror’s Keen™ technology was designed specifically for the energy-conscious hotel industry and can save up to 60% in a Lighted Mirror’s energy costs and virtually pay for itself in five years.
Adaptive lighting is just one of several requirements included in California’s updated Title 24, aimed at cutting non-residential energy consumption in California use by almost one-third. Residential builders also will have to meet stricter energy-efficient standards for lighting in kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms and other spaces.
Fusion Lighted Mirror with Keen in bathroom
Keen™ Technology incorporated into a Fusion™ Lighted Mirror in a bathroom setting.
“The update for building standards is the biggest incremental improvement in efficiency that we’ve ever made in California,” California Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas said.
It is not hard to see that as states outside of California, and countries around the world become more and more energy conscious measures by governments will likely be taken to require efficiencies. Keen™ is a perfect example of a product that can be incorporated today to meet the future of tomorrow.
Fusion Lighted Mirror with Keen closeup
Closeup of Keen™ Technology incorporated into a Fusion™ Lighted Mirror.
The new building requirements are expected to reduce non-residential energy consumption by 30%, and residential consumption by 25%. It’s anticipated that after 30 years, California will save enough electricity to power 1.7 million homes and bypass the need for an additional six new power plants. The annual energy savings in non-residential use alone is expected to be 372 GWh. In addition, it’s projected that within the first year these updated standards will save millions of gallons of water, and provide up to 3,500 new building industry jobs.
Many more retrofit projects will also fall under the new 2013 standards, a major change from the previous 2008 code. Any project that requires more than 10% of the lighting being changed out, or more than 40 ballasts replaced will have to adhere to the new standards for lighting power density and adaptive controls, including dimming.